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About Thistle Lodge Restaurant

Grand Views... Rave Reviews. At the Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant, delicious cuisine is served in a historical heirloom setting overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Swaying palms and gently breaking waves further set the scene for romance.

2255 West Gulf Drive
Sanibel, FL 33597
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Casa Ybel Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(239) 472-9200

Website:
http://www.thistlelodge.com/

Entertainment:
Thistle Lodge provides live Jazz entertainment on Friday nights and Piano on Saturday nights. We also have Sunday Jazz during brunch.

Executive Chef:
John Wolff

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 7:45PM - 9:00PM

Thistle Lodge Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

79% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (21)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for a Date (17)
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Romantic (16)
Scenic View (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Cozy (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Local Ingredients (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
Casual (4)
Live Music (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Seasonal (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Vegan (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 2 days ago

Consistently good food. Grouper excellent!

A little too much AC in the restaurant, but that seems to be the case these days in too many restaurants.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

Lovely restaurant, beautiful view, early dining as had theatre tickets so quiet as well. Excellent food; nice wine selection.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We have been to this restaurant a few times over the last few years with very good experiences. So we decided to spend our Valentines evening there. What a HUGE mistake!!! The service was non existent. It took over 10 mins after being seated for someone (the manager?) to ask what we wanted to drink. When I complained about the lack of service he gave brought us our first round. Very nice gesture but the service continue to be bad the entire night. If I remember correctly our server only showed up 3 times; to take the order, bring the wine and then the bill. I had to pour the wine during our meal. There was a set menu which is expected during a holiday but the food was cold and dried out. We both had fish and could not eat it. When I got the bill they automatically placed the gratuity on which for a party of 2 is just wrong. At that point I just wanted to leave since the evening was ruined. I might go back on non holiday since the place has such a nice atmosphere but won't be this season.

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 (Naples)·Dined 5 days ago

It was Valentine’s Day- and they ruined it!!! Lousy experience!!! They just lost a customer!!!

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 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

Lobster was over cooked. Way to expensive for what we had. Too much noise tables too close together for privacy.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The Thistle Lodge is pretty and the food is good however we arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation and we were greeted rudely by several staff. The bar was not open to get a drink while we waited and the staff was indifferent. The receptionist and staff should be better trained in customer relations.

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic
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 (Naples)·Dined 6 days ago

We were away on vacation. We wanted a quiet charming restaurant away from hustle bustle. We found it ten times over. We loved everything

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Justin was fabulous. Exceptional service and very professional. We will be back soon! The reason for the lower marks on food was because of the Sunday brunch all the meats were overcooked and dry.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This restaurant is excellent in both atmosphere and food. We ha e eaten there several times and have never been disappointed. Expensive but worth it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great short rib dish... good service and ambiance-old Florida feeling

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Wonderful service and view. It would have been great if we were seated at a window.
Food ( tuna , magi mahi-mahi GREAT!)

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great quality and amazingly spiced fish and seafood, really the finest we have had in a while! Plus warm, excellent servicy by Tanya, the Jamaican waitress. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Overall excellent. Beautiful setting. 😄

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Mussels were average at best and the lobster bisque cold. Other than that we had a very enjoyable evening with friends and their lentil soup and veggie cannelloni were excellent .

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The atmosphere was relaxing & charming.
There was a nice variety of food on the menu.
It was a bit pricy, so I think it is a special occasion restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Good food and great service. Nice location and atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Restaurant was busy, wait staff overstretched, service very slow. Dinners are very expensive and just ok. Beautiful view before sunset, but otherwise tables are kind of crowded. It was stifling hot in the room. Would not go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Rosie was a wonderful waitress. The food was good and the service super. We stayed and talked for quite a while after finishing our lunch and there was no complaints about that. Everyone was friendly. The best view of the gulf!

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Second time here. A memorable dining experience. Beautiful setting. Delicious food. My husband had the tuna. I had the cannelloni. Both very good and generous portions. The key lime pie is the best on the island.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We recently dined at the Thistle Lodge while vacationing on Sanibel. Our soup and entrees were very good as was the ambiance of the restaurant. I would recommend this restaurant for lunch, dinner or drinks.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The site was beautiful and the staff was friendly and professional. The food wasn’t as good as we would expect from this price point. The descriptions didn’t match what was received. There was a wedding upstairs and the music was so loud, it ruined our experience. I noted it was my husbands birthday, however, no mention was made and our dessert didn’t come with a candle, like other tables I saw. My husband and I dine at many upscale restaurants and are not concerned with price. This was a disappointing experience for us.

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Took our friends here for Anniversary lunch. The entire experience was exceptional. Had a wonderful table with great view of the beautiful grounds and the gulf.
I had the Thai noodles with Salmon, the men had the grouper. My husband said it was the best ever. Seasoned just right and cooked to perfection. Parparadell was very tasty with enough for next day.
Tonya was our server. We wanted for nothing. She was very professional with a very nice personality. She tended to our table without being overbearing.
Lunch was completed with a complimentary desert. Norman Love chocolate.
Thistle Lodge is a beautiful restaurant with outstanding food. Look forward to our next return.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was mediocre. Our server was nice but I think he was the dishwasher, the bartender and the only server. Loud talking people in the dining area.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

After food came service ended until I went and found the wait person for what I needed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent in every way. Love this place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was ok but the service was one of the worst we ever had. Waiter was abrupt and unknowledge about the food and wine. Room was extremely cold and when we asked to turn the ac down, he said only maintenance could change temp and did not offer to help. Very uncomfortable throughout.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Celebrating my husbands birthday at Thistle Lodge was a great choice. Excellent service, atmosphere and exceptional food; the perfect combination

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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

If you’re going to tout yourself as an upscale fine dining experience, make sure your menus are clean! First impressions are important, people. Both of our dinner menus, as well as the drinks menu handed to us, were severely stained. Hard to get by this.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Total disappointment! I’ve been wanting to eat here for 30+ years because of the beautiful setting on Sanibel! This restaurant does not live up to the hype or even commemorancy with the resort! The waiter was rude and rushed us thru the ordering process. The food was an even bigger dissappoitment and mediocre at best! I’ve had a better fish sandwich the previous day for 1/3 of the price and it was delivered with a smile!

To quote our server when I ask if the Mahi Mahi was fresh “nothing here is fresh!”
That about says it ALL! I’m sad to say I won’t be back!

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We had enjoyed the Sunday Brunch for years and looked forward to this year. This year they had only a Brunch Buffet although their website still listed the Sunday Brunch menu. Most of the buffet brunch food tasted like it came from a Costco freezer. The person making omelets did not know how to make omelets(they were fried hard), The grits were like soup, the biscuits were stale and hard as hardtack, the salad was unappetizing looking(did not try), and the food selection was limited. The only saving grace were the half price Mimosas.

A couple seated across from us left without ordering when they were told there was no Brunch. They were smarter than we.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Best place to have lunch when visiting Sanibel. Food & Service were first class

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very nice place. Almost always able to get a table by the window. Quiet, great food, service is spot on.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Dined here on two occasions on a recent trip to the area. First trip was fantastic, excellent food and service so we decided to dine there again. Second trip was very disappointing. The Ahi tuna was far from Ahi grade, overcooked, poorly presented, but tolerable. I ordered a specific after dinner drink and received without warning a substitute that was simply awful. The server said they were out of what I ordered. R U kidding me? Don't bring me some look-a-like and try to pass it off. Will never go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had the chance to eat at Thistle Lodge for both Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations this year. On both occasions, the food was wonderful and the staff was attentive. It was a family friendly, festive place to dine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Live Music, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New year. Prefix overpriced
Been there for many enjoyable evening s felt this time was just about the Thisle

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a reservation for an early New Year's Eve dinner. We didn't know that they had a limited menu that evening, but that worked out well. The entree price included either soup or salad as well as a dessert. I had the sea bass which was cooked to perfection. My husband had the steak and lobster which was also wonderful. It was a toss up as to whether the key lime pie or the apple pie was better. Although there is a fee to get over to Sanibel, it is worth the drive to experience this restaurant at least once.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for New Years Eve. There was a fixed price menu, which fact wasn’t made known to us until we got there (their website didn’t say). The menu was vastly reduced from the everyday offerings. “Outside” where wer chose to sit, is right by the chlorine smelling, very loud, outdoor pool w no clear view of anything but the pool bar. Food was so-so at best. The island drink I had two sips of was uninspired. Service was attentive, but not practiced. Would not go back and would not recommend. Much better places on island.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding
“Osso Bucco” is out of this world

Just need to monitor A/C
Some tables were freezing

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Server treated us like we were an inconvenience. Food was overpriced. Portions small. Everything cost extra.

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Buffet was totally overpriced at $50 per person plus imposed 20% gratuity. Food and service mediocre. Shellfish not properly clean, correct utensils not available. Food items not identified soup, casseroles etc. Pasta bar bland outcome available seafood added not cooked. Prime rib poor cut lacking flavor. Food items not replaced in timely manner, serving tables soiled. Totally disappointed with our experience - have previously given this restaurant excellent reviews when ordering off the menu so expected same for the Christmas meal. I'm sorry but maybe the management will read this and have a positive reaction and fix this !

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Waterfront
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